Mamelodi Sundowns striker Bonginkosi Ntuli says he wants to prove his worth during the pre-season as he wants to stay at Chloorkop.
The former Golden Arrows attacker has spent most of his career on loan away from the Brazilians and reveals that now is the time to convince coach Pitso Mosimane that he is capable of leading the reigning Premier Soccer League champions' attack.
Ntuli will head back to his parent club after spending the past season with Platinum Stars who are now relegated to the National First Division.
Speaking ahead of his return to the Tshwane giants, the former AmaZulu hitman also talked about links with Abafana Bes’thende, saying he is unaware of their interest for his services.
Having made his switch from Arrows when they were relegated to the NFD at the end of the 2013/14 PSL season, the 27-year-old is yet to make his mark at Sundowns and has been loaned out to Usuthu and Dikwena in the past three campaigns.
Ntuli will want to contribute and have the whole season with the eight-time PSL champions, but will have to win Mosimane’s heart.
Moreover, he will compete against the likes of Jeremy Brockie and Sibusiso Vilakazi upfront and he remains hopeful of impressing ‘Jingles’ and his technical team.
"I'll not be going down with Stars [to the National First Division]. I'm still a Sundowns player and I want to fight for my place in the team,” Ntuli told the Sunday World.
"I'm willing to convince the coach that I can help the team," said the striker.
"I'll report to Sundowns training early next month and we'll take it from there, but I want to show the coach that I'm ready to play for the team," he explained.
"Arrows have not talked to me. I know nothing about the club wanting me back,” continued the 27-year-old.
"What I know is that I'm a Sundowns player and I just want to get game time, that's what is important to me at this stage," concluded Ntuli.
Out of his 31 appearances in all competitions for Dikwena last season, Ntuli contributed six goals and three assists for Stars who are now known as Cape Umoya United.